QAHN Heritage Talks Online:
This is the story of a building and the library that has operated
within its walls, from its conception in Knowlton in the 1890s, through its use in the 20th century and looking forward to the plans for
its future. It was imagined by Mrs. Narcissa Farrand Pettes as a memorial to her husband Nathaniel Pettes, and from there,
both the building and the institution have continued to evolve.
This presentation will explore the beginnings of the Pettes Memorial Library, the unique story of its foundation, the architectural history of the building, and the history of the library that it houses, as well as look at the plans for an expansion to the building to allow the library to serve the needs of the community in the coming decades.
Jana Valasek has been the Executive Director of the Pettes Memorial Library since 2004. She did both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at McGill University. She holds a B.A. in History, with a second major in Canadian Studies, as well as a Master of Library and Information Studies. She lives in Sutton with her family and many, many animals.
Annmarie Adams is an architectural historian specializing in the intersections of medicine, gender, and the built environment. She is the Stevenson Professor of the Department of Social Studies of Medicine and former Director of the School of Architecture, McGill University. Her books include Architecture in the Family Way (1996); Designing Women (2000); and Medicine by Design (2007).